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Have your say on freshwater rules

Freshwater rules are changing in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aucklanders can have their say on how to improve the region’s rivers, lakes and streams.

The details are included in a discussion document called Setting our Direction for improving freshwater in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. See AkHaveYourSay.NZ.

This work is driven by the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) which will affect how Aucklanders manage their land and water use.

The NPS-FM applies to rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, aquifers (groundwater) and springs. It is a government policy that requires councils to put the health of freshwater first, then consider the needs of people and other demands for water use. The council must notify changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan by 31 December 2024 and must also prepare action plans to support stakeholders and community groups to improve our freshwater resources as soon as practicable.

This consultation runs until 4 December. Read more.

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